Reviews and Problems with Olympus mju 1050 SW / Stylus 1050 SW / µ 1050SW
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Olympus Stylus 1050SW
Digital Photography Interface
23 September 2013
Conclusion: The waterproof, drop proof and freezeproof Olympus Stylus 1050SW is a decent addition to Olympusâ€™ rugged line of cameras. Over its siblings, the Stylus 1050SW actually offers nothing out of the blue (besides Tap Control), revolutionary or differentâ€¦ instead, it takes a little bit, here and there from the present Stylus SW cameras, and mixes them into a single compact camera with a sliding lens cover.
Pros: Rugged design: waterproof, drop proof and freezeproof, LED illuminator is useful for macros/in low-light, Tap Control is useful, Usable/viewable LCD screen, Perfect Shot Preview, Shadow Adjustment and playback edit tools, Decent image quality below ISO 400
Cons: No manual controls, Lacks optical image stabilization, Tiny, cluttered buttons on the back, Below average battery life, Poor low-light performance; no long exposure mode, Paltry frame rate for burst mode
Conclusion: Overall, the Tough Smart 1050SW is a worthy edition to the successful Olympus Tough range and it certainly does live up to its name. Perfect for anyone active - be it in the outdoors or generally speaking - or those who travel and like to take their camera with them everywhere and all of the time.
Conclusion: Waterproofing, ruggedizing, and a unique "tap-control" feature don't make up for subpar image quality and long shutter lag in this Olympus point-and-shooter.
Pros: Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof. Built-in accelerometer and "tap controls" let you activate some features by tapping. Descriptive menus and features are very intuitive and helpful for beginners.
Cons: Long shutter delay. Long wait time between shots. Sharpness weakens at image edges. Noticeable color fringing. ISO speeds 400 to 1600 are very noisy. LCD shows significant motion blur.
Summary: The Olympus µ 1050 SW / Stylus 1050 SW is the latest in the company’s line of tough waterproof compacts and handles itself well under conditions you wouldn’t dare use a normal compact. As we’ve said with other waterproof cameras, it really is quite liberating to use a camera around water without any concerns, and surprising how many times you might want to do this.
Pros: Fully waterproof to depths of 3m., Shockproof and freeze-proof., Live thumbnail previews of adjustments, Unique tap-controls.
Cons: Pedestrian 3x zoom range with no 28mm., No optical or sensor-shift anti-shake., Softness and fringing towards corners., Grainy-looking footage in movie mode.
Olympus Stylus 1050 SW Review is based on a production
model. All sample images are unretouched, except
where specified. The Olympus Stylus 1050 SW is as fashionable as it is built tough. The "SW" designation means that it is both shockproof and waterproof. It is capable
of withstanding a drop from 1.5m (5 ft) and can be used safely underwater down to 3m (10 ft). It is also winterized and can be used at temperatures as low as -10°C/-14°F.
Summary: The Olympus Mju 1050 SW is definitely a niche camera, but one that is very good at what it does. For shooting in extreme weather conditions, or simply surviving everyday bumps and scrapes, the Stylus 1050 SW delivers excellent photo quality with little fuss.
Excerpt: You’re hiking up a talus field, camera in hand, sunlight glowing orange against a granite face above. A foot slips, your camera flies, crashing, ricocheting off stone, disappearing into a fissure below.
Summary: Unfortunately the Tough 1050SW is a bit of a step backwards in the otherwise excellent tough series. Its extreme levels of haloing are problematic and the overall performance is downright slow. The tap control system is pretty innovative, however, and the pictures are good aside from the chromatic aberration.
Pros: 3m waterproof and 1.5m shockproof, can survive in low temperatures, tap controls
Cons: Lots of chromatic aberration, extremely slow shot-to-shot and burst modes